Crowdsourcing a time machine

House of David Ladies Band

U-M’s Clements Library holds some 60,000 picture postcards dating to the late-19th/early-20th centuries. Vintage photos and scrawled notes open a fascinating window into Michigan’s past. Help make this historic trove digitally searchable.

  1. King of stats

    Neural engineer and basketball fan André Snellings, PhD ’07, always enjoyed fantasy sports, writing the ‘Hoops Lab’ blog and applying mathematical models to athletics. When ESPN recruited him to play for their analytics team, he jumped at the career longshot.

  2. A professor’s war for peace

    Still just a boy in 1921, the renowned mathematical psychologist Anatol Rapoport fled war-torn Ukraine on a pair of ice skates. At U-M, he would become an expert in the science of human conflict, contributing the ‘Tit for Tat’ strategy to the field of game theory.

  3. Bentley website tracks African American students to 1853

    A new database lists the names and years of attendance of every African American student who enrolled at the University between 1853-1956. It features anecdotes, autobiographies, and biographies — and reveals some significant family legacies.

  4. The power of the pin

    The Michigan Union button, a tiny symbol of loyalty pinned to the lapel, once held tremendous power for alumni. One 1904 graduate traveled around the world to replace the button he lost in World War II.

  5. Nominations: Thomas Francis Jr. Medal in Global Public Health

    One of U-M’s highest honors is named for the U-M physician, virologist, and infectious disease researcher who proved the efficacy of the polio vaccine, developed by his student Jonas Salk. Submit your nominations through April.

  6. Dude, what if everything is just … a hologram?

    U-M physicist Enrico Rinaldi uses quantum computing and machine learning to understand a heady concept called holographic duality. His work could one day answer the question: What’s inside a black hole?

Creating Champions

Michigan student-athletes took winning to new heights this spring, breaking records, grabbing titles, and dazzling fans with extraordinary performances across the board. Enjoy these highlights, captured by Michigan Photography, with text sourced from mgoblue.com

  • Women’s Basketball

    The Wolverines made the first Elite Eight appearance in program history this past season, finishing the year with a 25-7 overall record. U-M earned a No. 7 season-ending ranking in the coaches poll and a No. 12 ranking from the AP.

    Women' basketball team celebrates
  • Elite Eight

    Senior Naz Hillmon leaves Michigan as the most decorated player in program history. She led the program in rebounds (1,063), double-doubles (52), and free throws made (487) — and is the only player to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. She is second all-time in scoring with 2,183 points. Hillmon was named a first-team All-American this season by the WBCA, Associated Press, USBWA, The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, and the Wooden Award.

    Naz Hillmon
  • Hockey

    Ten University of Michigan ice hockey players — Johnny BeecherMatty BeniersNick BlankenburgThomas BordeleauBrendan BrissonKent JohnsonJimmy LambertStrauss MannOwen Power and Garrett Van Wyhe — have signed professional contracts since the end of the 2021-22 season.

    Men's hockey pileup
  • Women’s Golf

    The women’s golf team earned the Big Ten’s No. 1 seed for the first time this year, as the team approached championship season. The Wolverines closed the regular season posting six top-two finishes (three wins, three runner-ups) in nine events. Ashley Lau was one of 12 women’s amateur golfers selected for the 2022 International Team, which will compete against the U.S. team at the 2022 Palmer Cup July 1-3 in Switzerland.

    Ahley Lau
  • Men’s Gymnastics

    Junior Paul Juda  took home a pair of NCAA titles April 16, winning both the all-around competition as well as vault, as the Wolverines placed third as a team (with a season best of 414.490, behind Stanford and Oklahoma) at the NCAA Championships. Six Wolverines earned a total of 11 All-America citations.

     

    Paul Juda, gymnast
  • Women’s gymnastics

    Michigan closed out the 2022 season with a 28-5 overall record. The Wolverines won their 26th Big Ten Conference championship in addition to the Big Ten regular-season title. U-M had 13 regular-season All-America nods, per the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) and six All-America citations from the WCGA.

    Women's gymnasts celebrate
  • Spirit Team

    The University of Michigan spirit team continued its string of success in the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) & United Dance Association (UDA) Collegiate Cheer & Dance Championship with two national titles on April 9. The Wolverines took home Coed Division IA and Game Day victories for the second straight season. The pair of titles gives U-M 10 NCA championships since 2013.

    NCA Champs -- 2021-22 Spirit team
  • Men’s Tennis

    The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan men’s tennis team will close out its regular-season schedule on April 23 when it hosts Michigan State on Senior Day. Michigan is 17-3 on the season and in second place in the Big Ten standings at 7-1. No. 66 Andrew Fenty is among the ranked singles players on the team.

    Andrew Fenty
  • Women’s Water Polo

    Michigan hopes to win its sixth consecutive Collegiate Water Polo Asociation (CWPA) Championship and 11th overall this weekend in Lewisburg, Pa. The Wolverines are 48-12 all-time in the CWPA Tournament with 10 titles and 14 trips to the championship game. Maddie O’Reilly leads the CWPA with 68 goals, 60 assists, 2.1 goals per game, and 4.0 points per game. Nationally, O’Reilly sits tied for fifth in total points with 128.

    Maddie O'Reilly, water polo
  • Wrestling

    In its 100th season, the wrestling team captured a Big Ten championship and an NCAA runner-up team finish. Graduate student Nick Suriano was named the 2022 NCAA champion at 125 pounds, and is one of eight finalists for the prestigious Hodge Trophy. Head coach Sean Bormet was named the national and conference coach of the year, and the team finished the season with a program-record six All-America honors.

     

    Wrestling